I was proved wrong by a fill-in host for Mark Levin (another “Mark,” who I assume was Mark Simone). This afternoon I heard him blabbing about how Google has purposely jiggered with its search engine so typing in “failure” brings up, as the #1 result, the official biography of George Bush.
But he was correct about the “failure” search. And it’s also true that typing in “liar” offers up the official biography of Tony Blair as the top-ranked result. However, these aren’t nefarious Google tricks.
They’re the clever product of a Google Bomb—an attempt by outsiders to influence Google search results through fair means.
Simone could have found this out himself in a few seconds, just as I did by Googling “george bush failure google result.” He was having a great time doing Google searches on air, looking for embarrassing “Clinton” or “Gore” results.
Obviously he never thought of saving himself some embarrassment by fact-checking his ridiculous claims about Google’s slanting of search results before he spouted them.
Amazingly, when Simone eventually learned from callers about Google Bombing, he still blamed Google. A perfect example of Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness.” It feels so right to blame Google, rather than his own ignorance about how its search engine works.
At first Simone castigated Google for purposely manipulating search results. Then when he learned that Google didn’t manipulate the “failure” and “liar” results, he castigated the company for not stepping in and manipulating the results so Bush and Blair’s biographies would fall off the top of the hit list.
I think they belong right where they are. If you want to learn about a failure and a liar, George Bush and Tony Blair are excellent examples to start with.